That's how you know what 10 years feels like
Sunday, September 11, 2011
Because that's how long it has been.
I was New York City trained, having finished medical school
AND pediatric residency
AND a masters in public health
in Manhattan. And working for a while right in the heart of a Washington Heights (that's West 168th Street) pediatric emergency department
with unsurpassed mentorship by Dr. Steve Miller
Embarking on the next phase of my young pediatric career, I moved to the DC region that summer of 2001, and was searching for my dream job as some kind of academic community-based pediatrician serving underserved kids.
I left NYC for DC in the summer of 2001.
I did not realize that was the last time I would ever see the twin towers and those I knew who had worked there. In Sept 2001, I was a displaced New Yorker in the Pentagon's backyard here in DC.
We all experience various different types of "before and afters" in our lifetimes. Before you get the diagnosis and after. Before the loss of your father and after. Before you know you want to be a pediatrician and after. And collectively the before and after of September 11th, 2001.Where were you in relation to your pediatric career, back on 9-11 in 2001? Did it change what you wanted to do with your life?
Have you made the most of the last decade? And will you make the most of the next one?
About the Expert
Terry Kind, MD, MPH, is Director of Pediatric Medical Student Education at Children's National Health System. For the last decade she has also served as a primary care pediatrician at the Children's National Health Center at Martin Luther King, Jr., Avenue, in Washington, DC.